Sunday, 1 October 2017

Watercolour Paintings 35

Here is the latest batch to start October. Many of these artists are unknown to me. They just keep coming. They are a very mixed bunch with contrasting styles. I like some more than others but won't elaborate.

The brilliant Bev Jozwiak

Marion Bolognesi

ZeZe Lai

Milind Mulick
- This was attributed to Milind but is very different to his usual work. Wrongly attributed?

Vicky Nelson
I love this one so simple yet very striking.

Z An Asian Artist (Cannot translate name)

Venu KV Art

Jose Cuervo Vina

Michael Jasiewicz

Jose Luis Lopez

Javier Antonio Luque Rodriguez

Alvaro Castagnet (?)
The workshop king.

Gerard Hendriks
This is a favourite of mine from Gerard.

S. Porsford

Interesting but the colour perhaps overdone?

Slawa Prischedko

A marvellous artist.

Anna Sidorvina

Viktoria Prischedko

The other half of the super talented Prischedkos. Marvellous.

Many of the above artists are new to me and I know nothing about them. Just shows how much hidden talent in watercolour is out there. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Mahogany Brown _ Schmincke PBr33

I recently bought a tube of the new Schmincke  Mahogany Brown which is PBr33 - Pigment Brown 33. This is Zinc Iron Oxide and is described by the Pigment Database as "Dark; brown to reddish Brown". Handprint say it is a very lightfast, very opaque, staining, very dark valued dull brown but then says ..."a handsome blackish brown' interesting pigment" The only source of this pigment was previouy 'Schmincke' who called it Walnut Brown. This new colour replaces Walnut Brown and I have no idea what the differences are although, presumably, there are some. I have also included the 'new' Transparent Brown previously called 'Translucent Brown' which is PBr41. Again I've no idea what the differences are if any.

Mahogany Brown is top left with Transparent Brown 3rd from the left. I now use this instead of Burnt Sienna, although as I have stocks of the latter .....! Handprint says it works well with Ultramarine Blue so I've done some swatches with the colours side by side and others where I've mixed them together. The one of the bottom right granulates nicely and looks interesting. These samples are rough and ready so don't take them as gospel.

I gave a small blob of the Mahogany Brown to Yvonne Harry, the co-leader of Avon Valley Artists -  a superb artist particularly of flowers, her speciality,  and showed her the following work in progress of a young indian girl. Her immediate reaction was it looked like a useful shadow colour.

The brown areas are Mahogany Brown heavily diluted except for above the eyes, with Ultramarine added to create the darks.

Current price for both these colours from Jacksons is £9.50p for 15ml. I would like to do more reviews but as I get no free samples - I tell a lie I did get copies of Judy Whittons Venice book and Gerard Hendriks DVD due to their generosity- but thats all!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

My Latest Paintings

I make the usual proviso. These are my paintings which I don't claim are good - just mine. I've painted them over the last two or three weeks, mainly at AVA sessions, usually doing the drawings the day previous in my 'studio'at home.

George Armstrong Custer - from a photograph taken around 1863
 16" x 12" Waterford High White not

I was quite pleased with it and still am - but realised afterwards I'd made his epaulettes too large, I look at these paintings in the following days and see things - usually faults - I didn't notice at the time it was painted! The actual painting looks better then the reproduction, which seems to happen often.

This is my original Custer drawing

Indian Woman in captivity c 1870s - 16" x 12" Waterford High White

The guide photo shows a very dejected woman and it is really dark and gloomy. I wanted to capture her dejection.

Original drawing for the above.

Black Prairie Chicken c1900 (?)

!6' x 12" Waterford High White

His name appealed to me but in reality he's quite colourful.

A Young Navaho Man - c1900 
16" x 12" Waterford High White

This one looks like a 'dandy' in the original photo. One of my painting friends thought it was a female!

A young Inuit child 16" x 12" Waterford High White C1900 (?)

Probably better known as of 'Eskimo' origin. She actually looks older in my painting than in the original. She was wearing this amazing fur hat which I pondered awhile how to depict. In the end I wasn't too unhappy with the result.

Pink Phlox -16" x 12" Waterford High White

A loose painting of flowers for a change. I haven't done many of these and hope to do more ' in a loose manner.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Waytercolour Paintings 34

Here are the latest batch to start September. Another mix of different styles from a variety of artists, some well-known others less so.

Gerard Hendriks

Another of Gerards flower studies full of colour.

N B Gurung

Ewa Ludwiczak

Dianne Benoit
Slightly unusual subject for Dianne.

Olga Kharchenko

Aparah Towinh Cyrille (?)

I love this one - simple but colourful.

Alvaro Castagnet
The workshop King. Contrast this with the one below.

Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey
This young African artist has made a name for himself in the last few years

Richard Stevens

Lovely use of colour by this talented American.

Nicole Zeimet

Marco Boer

Too detailed for me but an amazing painting.

Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey

Genevieve Buchanan

Charles Reid

Milind Mulick

Kitipong Ti via Maria Christina

Ewa Ludwiczak again - Robert Diniro in the film 'Taxi Driver'

Anders Andersson

Thats it folks hope you like them.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Watercolour Paintings (33)

Here is the latest batch for August. They are mainly of well-known artists, many internationally known,  and considered amongst the best watercolour artists past or present. There are many others so this is only a snapshot of the best and reflects  my opinion only. Others may disagree and say why is this one or that one not included? There are so many! I think the selection of artists, in the many hundreds of paintings I've featured on the blog, is my answer with many more to come.

Trevor Chamberlain

One of the top two British watercolour artists in my opinion, although originally an oil painter.

Edward Seago
One of the most famous British artists although he produced more oils than watercolours. A friend of the Royal family who was shunned by the art establishment, riven by snobbery and the class system.

Morten Solberg Senior

A fabulous American artist. You can see him demonstrating on Youtube.

Trevor Chamberlain

Another from Trevor. One of his best in my opinion. This appeared in his book 'Trevor Chamberlain - A Personal View' not an instruction type book but very good.

Skip Lawrence

This American artist featured in the book by the late Ron Ranson about the famous (and controversial) American teacher Edgar Whitney. 

Charles Reid

Another famous American - my guru or one of them. I actually was present when he did the above demo at Urchfont House a few years ago. He was on top form that week and this painting caught the subject perfectly.

John Yardley

Another top British artist in the same category as Trevor Chamberlain. This is a typical example of his work. There have been several books about him "John Yardley - A Personal View', in the same series as the one by Trevor Chamberlain. Ron Ranson did one and Steve Hall has produced books on both of them.

David Taylor

An Australian artist who I consider one of the natural successors to the doyen of Australian watercolour artists Robert Wade

Robert Wade

Robert, a charming man, lost his wife recently and is now quite elderly. This is a painting he did some time back.

Jean Haines

A very popular artist with a large following. Not one of my favourites though. In my opinion many of her paintings are too minimalistic.

Shirley Trevena

A fabulous British artist who has written at least two books and produced a DVD(s). A big favourite of some of the lady artists in my Avon Valley group.

Hercules Brabazon

A famous artist from the older era. When I mentioned him to Charles Reid he claimed not to have heard of him. Perhaps he was having me on as Charles regularly mentions artists from Brabazons era. It is said he produced some of his best paintings in thirty minutes.

Winslow Homer

A legendary American in the same category as John Singer Sergeant 

The famous J.W.Turner

Turner is venerated by many but Charles Reid isn't a particular fan and neither am I. An I a charlatan? I saw one of his paintings, a small one, at a travelling exhibition some years ago at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. Each painting in the exhibition, of many well-known artists, had a foolscap sheet next to it telling about the painting. In Turners case a man described watching him paint. "Attacking the paper, scratching and bewildering the onlooker and then said 'out of this fury a lovely painting finally emerged.'

Ann Blockley

Daughter of the famous late John Blockley and a leading British watercolour artist. She has books and videos out so if you are interested.

Gerard Hendriks

A very prolific artist and utterly charming man. I love his work especialy his birds and animals. I really like this one though. Great video. Keeps nothing back.

Aine Devine

I think she's Scottish and  a terrific artist. Features on Youtube.

Gerard Hendriks.

This is great as well. Look how he uses colour.

Jean Haines

I prefer this to the previous one featured but it is still lacking (in my opinion) a bit more substance. Shirley Trevena and Ann Blockley are much better (in my opinion).

Edward Wesson

A famous and very popular British artist. Not as good as Seago in my opinion but his colouful personality went down very well with his students, and many others it seems. . The Alexander Gallery published a book about him called 'Edward Wesson - Honesty in Art'. Quite what that meant I'm not sure, The artist Steve Hall keeps the Wesson legend alive with his books and art workshops 'Painting in the style of Edward Wesson'.

That's it folks . Hope you like them.